Laws that Protect Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers are part of the American Tradition and Congress, the state legislatures, and the courts have enacted laws or legal precedents that protect them.

Why are whistleblowers so important? They speak out and challenge practices that are fundamentally wrong when others would be silent. Thinking back to the origins of the republic, whistleblowers orchestrated the Boston Tea Party. They challenged segregated schools and the doctrine of separate but equal and other discriminatory practices – once accepted – but that are now proscribed by law.

Whistleblowers were and are the forefront of exposing corporate fraud including the Enron scandal and whistleblowers have spoken out about illegal marketing practices in the pharmaceutical industry. The truth is that for every law that has made America a safer place, there is no doubt that a whistleblower spoke out about practices that lead to legislation.

That is why laws like the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the National Labor Relations Act all have provisions that protect whistleblowers from retaliation. It is why many state courts have created or adopted the doctrine of “discharge in violation of public policy” which allows – under certain circumstances – those who have been terminated because they spoke out – a right of action in court.

And some statutes – like state and federal false claims acts – even provide whistleblowers with a bounty – or portion of the recovery – if they bring a suit that results in returning money to the government.

And so if you decide to become a whistleblower, you should keep in mind that you are part of a proud American tradition.

Attorney Referrals & Co-Counsel

While a lot of our business comes directly from whistleblowers contacting us, we also work with and accept referrals from lawyers who have been contacted by the whistleblowers themselves.  Because whistleblower laws are nuanced and complicated, with potential land mines throughout the process, teaming up with the right set of lawyers can be the difference between recovering millions for your client and recovering nothing at all.

At Guttman Freidin & Celler, we are three law firms combined to provide the absolute best representation at every turn for whistleblowers.  Our group consists of one of the top whistleblower firms in the country, a premier trial and medical malpractice firm in Florida, and one of the largest plaintiff employment firms in the Southeast. We joined forces not only because we enjoy working together, but because it allows us to provide the best possible counsel to whistleblowers throughout the state of Florida.

Sometimes other lawyers call us because they think their client may have a case under the False Claims Act or another whistleblower statute, but they are not sure about how to evaluate the case, investigate it, and put it together for government review and filing.  Nor are they in a position to effectively protect their client and maximize the relator’s share.

In fact, many lawyers representing clients in their day-to-day practice don’t even realize that they may be sitting on a whistleblower case.  We offer free and confidential consultations to attorneys as to whether a whistleblower or False Claims Act case can be brought.

  • If you are an attorney litigating medical malpractice cases and your client is a Medicare or Medicaid patient, contact us because there may be a claim under the False Claims Act.
  • If you are an attorney representing clients in the pharmaceutical industry, contact us to discuss the False Claims Act and how your clients might be able to blow the whistle.
  • If you are an attorney dealing with student loans or for-profit colleges, contact us to discuss the False Claims Act and what a potential case might look like.
  • If you are an attorney representing  or suing nursing homes, doctors, or other medical providers, contact us to discuss the False Claims Act and other whistleblower laws.

Contact us today to set up a call with our team.